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Top 10 mobile phones of September

Sony Ericsson's duo of 2-megapixel camera phones lead the charge this month, while a pair of recently announced O2 Xdas enter as upcoming contenders.

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Top 10 mobile phones of September
Sony Ericsson's duo of 2-megapixel camera phones lead the pack this month, while a pair of recently announced O2 Xdas enter as upcoming contenders.

Soaring up from fifth to first position over the month of September was Sony Ericsson's Walkman phone, the W800i, closely followed by the Editors' Choice award winning K750i. The jury is still out on first Motorola Rokr mobile that syncs with iTunes as the Australian version will only support 50 songs, although the handset seems to have the approval of the Black Eyed Peas. Between gigs on their Australian tour, the American hip-hop quartet has promoted the AU$499 Rokr, which Optus bundles with a TransFlash memory card pre-loaded with the band's latest album, Monkey Business.

Black Eyed Peas, Motorola Rokr Launch Party, Sydney

Black Eyed Peas, Motorola Rokr Launch Party, Sydney
For those looking for more substance, O2 recently announced two follow-ons to the Xda II Mini, called the Xda Mini Pro, and the Xda Atom. Both PDAs are "world phones" (GSM handsets that can operate on the four different frequencies commonly used around the world) that will come with Windows Mobile 5 and Wi-Fi onboard.

What do you think of these recently announced mobiles? How do you think the Motorola Rokr E1 stacks up against the Sony Ericsson W800i? Have you seen a phone you'd like us to review? Please leave your feedback here.

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Sony Ericsson W800i
 
Sony Ericsson first Walkman-branded mobile phone boasts up to 30 hours of MP3 playback and a whopping 512MB Memory Stick is thrown in for storage. It also sports a 2-megapixel camera for video and stills.

Reader Opinion
Even after reading everything about this phone I was still a little sceptical before buying it last week. Being a lifetime Nokia user, I was apprehensive about moving away from the Nokia UI ... absolutely no reason to be, the w800i is very easy to use. Also, with my wife using her iPod with our laptop, I was worried about having to re-rip all our music, but no issues there either, just copied the files straight onto the memorystick (ignoring disc2phone completely) and all works great!! Very impressed and very, very happy!
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Sony Ericsson K750i 
 
With a 2-megapixel camera, MP3 playback, FM radio, video recording, Bluetooth, 32MB of internal memory and a 64MB Memory Stick thrown in, Sony Ericsson's K750i might be the hottest phone of 2005.

Reader Opinion  
K750i is brilliant. I love the phone Im an x Nokia user I love the interface the small size and its better then the samsung also has a incredible strong led light you can use at night time Yes it is a bit complicated to use lots of menus settings etc but syncs with my pc very well even download my videos on it. It's the best!!
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O2 Xda II Mini
 
If you want a smart phone but want to avoid unsightly pocket bulges, you could do well to consider O2's slimmed down XDA II mini.

Reader Opinion
Love at first sight! Really impressed with the way it syncs with pc. Only gripe I have is the phone functionality. A bit of a pain that you need to use stylus to dial a number not in contacts. And yes, the standard case is useless and should be withdrawn. Its day 4 of owing the unit and its already been dropped, with a couple of minor scratches. Not happy about this.
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Motorola Razr V3x  

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Based on the design of the Motorola RAZR V3, the slightly thicker V3x is a 3G-enabled handset with a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth and an MP3 player. It is scheduled for release locally in the third quarter of 2005.

Reader Opinion  
3G moves forward... I've had a go of this phone and for a 3G handset is pretty small with a nice big screen. Shame that the Motorola interface is as easy to use as squeezing toothpaste back in to the tube.
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Samsung E730 
 
Samsung has updated its popular E700 clamshell mobile phone, adding Bluetooth, a megapixel camera and support for MP3 playback.

Reader Opinion  
Love my Samsung E730. I had been looking at this phone online & decided that I shouldn't need a new mobile phone... until I saw this baby in the shop -- very handsome. Had a Samsung phone 2 years ago, & it seems that Samsung have fixed all the things I didn't like about it. Definately recommended.
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O2 Xda Mini Pro 

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O2's Mini Pro takes everything that we liked about the Xda II Mini PDA-phone and adds Wi-Fi, a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard and Windows Mobile 5.0

Reader Opinion  
As long as it comes out before Motorola Q... I'm definitely getting this unless Q comes out first!
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Motorola Razr V3 
 
The graceful Motorola V3 is the thinnest clamshell to date and a stunningly crafted mobile for style-conscious individuals and professionals alike.

Reader Opinion  
Just got another V3 on Friday, this time a black one. Got it for the amazing sound quality and reception as I live in the country and make international calls. Asked my Mrs if she wanted to use the Sony K750i or the V3 for her calls and there's no way she'd give up her V3. I also have mine so the Sony K750i is just kept as a toy because the call quality simply cannot match the impeccable V3. If you make a lot of calls then a V3 will give you the absolute best sound quality.
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O2 Xda Atom   

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The Xda Atom has Wi-Fi, a 2-megapixel camera and runs on Windows Mobile 5.0, yet shares the same dimensions as the Xda II Mini.

Reader Opinion  
Looking for a good PDA/phone. Although I don't have this PDA/phone it looks great and sounds great too by the specs. What auz carrier will pick it up? I can’t wait for it to be released!
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Sony Ericsson K300i 
 
Sony Ericsson's K300i is a cute little triband handset with a VGA camera, 12MB of internal memory, a media player and Java games.

Reader Opinion  
Has to be the best phone for the budget market at the moment.
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Nokia 8800  
 
Only if you've big bucks to unload or want to be among the few flashing a premium-priced phone.

Reader Opinion  
Good, Classic Phone. U dont buy a phone for people to think u have money thats silly I think. Which is what a lot of people have said on the message board. You buy a phone because it does what u need it to do and it looks how u want it to look. Everyone has their own preference. I like thinks to look plain and simple, which this does. I also need my phone to send and recieve calls and sync with my pc contact. All of which this phone does. End of story.
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